India’s former Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, marks his 91st birthday on September 26, 2023. A prominent figure in Indian politics, he served as the 13th Prime Minister from 2004 to 2014, leaving an indelible mark on the nation’s history. As we celebrate this milestone in his life, leaders from across the political spectrum have extended their warm wishes and reflected on his remarkable contributions.
A Storied Career
Born in 1932, Dr. Manmohan Singh’s journey in public service began as an economist and later as the Governor of the Reserve Bank of India from 1982 to 1985. His expertise in economics became a driving force for India’s economic liberalization in 1991 when he served as the Finance Minister in PV Narasimha Rao’s government. This pivotal moment opened doors for foreign investments, increased FDI, and reduced government control, setting the stage for India’s remarkable economic growth.
Under his leadership, the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) was introduced, later renamed MGNREGA, providing livelihood opportunities for millions of rural Indians. Additionally, the Right to Information Act (RTI), enacted in 2005 during his tenure, enhanced transparency between the government and the public.
Birthday Wishes Pour In
On this special occasion, Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended his heartfelt wishes to Dr. Manmohan Singh, expressing his hope for his long life and good health. Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge lauded Dr. Singh’s rare qualities of simplicity, dignity, and grace in politics, emphasizing his enduring contribution to the nation.
Congress leader Jairam Ramesh reflected on Dr. Singh’s exceptional erudition and humility, highlighting his pivotal role in inducting key individuals into the Planning Commission. Rahul Gandhi, another prominent Congress leader, hailed Dr. Singh’s unwavering commitment to nation-building and economic progress.
MK Stalin, the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu and leader of the DMK, acknowledged Dr. Singh’s leadership during the global financial crisis and his commitment to inclusive policies. He praised Dr. Singh’s composed and intellectual approach, calling it an example for leadership in every era.
Legacy of Progress and Stability
Dr. Manmohan Singh’s legacy is not limited to his tenure as Prime Minister. His contributions to economic liberalization, social welfare, and transparency have left an enduring impact on India. As a member of the Rajya Sabha, he continues to influence policy and provide valuable insights.
On his 91st birthday, we celebrate a statesman whose actions spoke volumes, an economist whose reforms transformed the nation, and a leader whose humility and grace continue to inspire. Dr. Manmohan Singh’s legacy of progress and stability endures, offering lessons for generations to come.
In a rapidly evolving political landscape, his life and work serve as a beacon of integrity and dedication to the service of the nation. We wish him good health and happiness on this special day, and here’s to more inspiring years ahead. Happy 91st birthday, Dr. Manmohan Singh!